Recruited by Hawthorn from Camberwell Grammar at pick 39 in the 1991 national draft, Richard made his debut in 1992 against Essendon contributing 3 goals in a 160 point win.
After suffering a second ACL knee injury requiring reconstructive surgery in 1994 he was delisted, but was picked up again by Hawthorn in the pre-season draft for 1995.
In 1999, Richard was a member of the Hawthorn Night Premiership side and in the same year ran second in the club’s Best and Fairest award. His other awards with Hawthorn include Most Courageous Player in 1998, Most Improved Player in 1996 and winner of the Beau Wallace Award in 1992.
Richard went on to finish with 112 games for Hawthorn and 28 games for the West Coast Eagles. Hawthorn from 1992-2000 and West Coast Eagles from 2001-2002.
After retiring from AFL football, Richard studied Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne and Sports Science at Edith Cowan University. He is currently completing a Masters in Physiotherapy and is part of a research team investigating the risk factors associated with acute and recurrent hamstring muscle strain injuries in the AFL. Richard has also continued to work closely with the AFL in the National Under 18 program as a senior physiotherapist for the Victorian State Football Academy.